Meta’s Threads platform, positioned as a competitor to X, may be getting a Trending Topics section. The news made the rounds after an app developer posted screenshots of the feature, originally shared by a Meta employee.
“Just to clarify: I’m not a ‘leker’ or anything like that,” according to the app’s developer, William Max, in a post. “I just follow a lot of engineers and employees who work at Meta, and one of them accidentally posted a screenshot that was meant to be private. Luckily for us, I caught it at the right time. Seen. I won’t reveal who posted the screenshot for obvious reasons.
@eddygraphic1, commented below the post, “Is this a concept or a real screenshot?” To which the employee, @Willianmax, responded, “This is real. An employee just posted by accident. 🤫.”
In the posted screenshot images, the feature lists trending topics by the number of threads received, similar to the feature on X, which was previously on Twitter. However, topics are not necessarily ranked from most popular to least. This feature was shown near the search tab.
Although the trending topics section has been an important feature for every social media platform, it has become quite problematic in the past. Facebook was forced to end the feature in 2018 due to controversy over the feature’s recurring conspiracy theories. Wrong information. X has also had to deal with spambots dominating the section with specific agendas.